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PCI or Digital Board

Discussion in 'Recording' started by zachzaba, Mar 16, 2007.

  1. zachzaba

    zachzaba Guest

    I have recorded myself for quite a while now but am beginning to record bands. My main question was that I have two options for recording a full band all simultaneously: one is the digital board that can go directly out to my software and the other is the PCI Card route.
    The only real downfall I see for the PCI is that it might be too much for an average computer to handle. The digital board is so much more expensive than the PCI route. I realize the board would be better in the long run but for now is there anything I should be concerned about if I purchase a 10in PCI sound card? Also would there be an hardware/software conflicts?
  2. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    I would look for for a card that has a breakout box, Like the PCI series from MOTU.

  3. bwmac

    bwmac Active Member

    The biggest issue or should I say limitation I found is that I can put down 99 tracks and arm them all, but the Asio drivers only have so many ins.

    let me try this again.
    lets say your sound card has 4 in and out.
    your tracks will only give you 4 in/options and so now
    stuff will have to be combined.

    If your card has 10 I/O and you need 11 something gets stacked

    Also your driver has to match this because if its for 7.1 surround you will only have 7 in.

    If you are creative you can set up left as one track and right as another.
    so 10 I/O would give you 20 armed tracks .

    I have heard that digital with the light pipe is automatic and that the limitations are a lot less.......

    Pay me now or pay me later..LOL. I have been paying steady for 3-4 years.

    Live you need a mixer, I would research mixers and e-bay
  4. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    How many tracks do you require?

    I had no problems recording 16 tracks with two firewire MOTU 828s and a humble 1GHz Powerbook.

    Track count is more dependent on disk speed.

    You can cascade the PCI based MOTU 2408 for up to 96 simultaneous active inputs and outputs.

    You buy the card and decide what combination of I/O you want.

    You can also do it via firewire.

  5. bwmac

    bwmac Active Member

    Cool,..... So you can record with 16 different mics on 16 different track at the same time. Please share the details with us. Thanks as I have never used one but it looks very interesting
  6. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    I used a couple of audience mics, in combination with 14 signals from the house mixer.

    Used an external 7200rpm firewire drive for the audio, used Digitital Performer4.1 for tracking, on a 1GHZ Powerbook with 1.25 Gb RAM.
    Belkin Firewire hub.

    Most of it was visual really couldn't hear through the headphones.

    OS 10.4 supports aggregate devices, where you can configure multiple interfaces. DP 4 is a MOTU product so it had integrated support for multiple MOTU interfaces.

    Some people are recording mor than 16 channela at a time, I've never had the need to do so.

  7. bwmac

    bwmac Active Member

    Thanks for the clarification gdoubleyou

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